NEPTUNE – Designed specifically and exclusively for GNJ laity, the annual Laity Leadership Academy which will be held on Sept. 9 at the Mission and Resource Center in Neptune is a “not to be missed event” according to Trey Wince, Director of New Disciples.
Wince will be leading one of six inspiring tracks at the day-long event to provide the tools and skills required for lay leaders, in concert with clergy leaders, to empower their churches for the challenges of the 21st century. Specifically, the Academy will provide expert assistance and guidance in aiding lay leaders in the critical areas of inspiring worship experiences, an evangelism church, social media ministry, older adult ministry, website development and liturgical praise dance ministry.
“We know that a pastor cannot do ministry alone,” reported GNJ Lay Leader Rosa Williams, “When laity intentionally become equipped to model the life of Christ, the church will soar to new heights.”
Churches are encouraged to send a team of lay leaders who work together at the Academy in developing an action plan to take back to their church for actual implementation and improvement. Certified Lay Servants who successfully complete the Laity Leadership Academy and implement their action plan will receive re-certification recognition for Certified Lay Servant.
Below, read about the tracks available at the Laity Leadership Academy and register below by August 15. Registration is $50 per person and space is limited.
I’m with the band: A day-long worship clinic
Facilitator: Eric Drew, Director of Worship
Worship musicians and leaders will go deeper in their understanding of worship, leading worship and musicianship on the worship team. Feel free to bring your instruments. Keyboards, amps and drums will be provided
The E Word: Connecting with your community in not-so-scary ways
Facilitator: Trey Wince, Director of New Disciples
Just as bridges and cities go together, churches and communities are linked. Congregations are in a unique place to transform people’s lives as God’s people connect to their communities
Creating your website
Facilitator: Eric Valosin
This track is designed to help your church self-promote programs and attract a targeted web community which will build your overall online presence
Building an effective church social media strategy
Facilitator: Debbie Bruce & George Lagos
This track provides an overview of the social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and seven “must haves” to ensure time spent on social media provides engagement with both existing and new church members
Vital ministries with older adults
Facilitator: Helen Hunter & Arthur Harrell
This track provides an overview of the aging process, including physical, mental, and social changes. Learn strategies to engage in the support for elderly parishioners and families
Expressive liturgical and praise dance
Facilitator: Pamela D. Gordy
Liturgical/Praise dance has a purpose of deepening and focusing the worship experience. This track will discuss the history and importance of dance, symbols to look for in choreography and how to prepare for a dance ministry. Come prepared to demonstrate your moves